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how to re-lactate after thrush?

my son developed a really bad case of thrush a couple days ago and will no longer stay latched, the doctor said to use pumped and formula and to come in tuesday. i cannot pump more than a few drops and have worked very hard to get to ebf since the hospital gave him formula. so now i have to break that to feed him, but i dont want to lose it completely but i cant get in to see my own doctor until next week and they told me no bfing until we're both being treated or we'll keep passing it back and forth! is it really possible to re-lactate and if so how do you do it? what are the likelihoods after thrush?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Nov. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Gentian violet works wonders for thrush. You have to ask for it at the pharmacy counter, but it is OTC so you don't need a Rx to buy it. You swab it on your nipples. It will turn your baby's mouth purple!

    Eat two containers of yogurt a day, this will help you get over it faster. You can put the plain stuff on your nipples (wipe it off before feeding baby though!)--it actually feels REALLY good, since it's nice and cool. It takes away the pain and burning.

    You can take fenugreek and blessed thistle tablets (herbal supplements) to increase your milk supply. Keep nursing baby if at all possible. Thrush can be very painful for both mom and baby, so you might give baby some tylenol about 30 minutes before feeding him. You can take some too.

    If you're pumping, you will need to boil your pumping gear when you're over the thrush or you can get it again from the gear.

    Answer by Pieta0227 at 1:45 AM on Nov. 27, 2009

  • that doctor gave you horrible advice, I'm so sorry that happened to you. There are ways to heal thrush w/out having to do formula or a pump. Yes, you can relatate! Here is a website that you can find all your answers, just look up relactation

    And look to see if you lave a local LLL .... go to a meeting

    Answer by Lynette at 6:54 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • If I am reading this correctly, and it has only been a few days, this will be easy as pie! Just keep nursing him! Watch diapers, as long as he is still having 6-8 a day then he is getting plenty to eat. If dipes go down too much, you might have to supplement with a minimal amount after nursing. But let him nurse until he pulls off on his own. You should be back up to full supply within a few days. As far as the thrush goes, try using Gentian Violet. It was a lifesaver for me, and had our thrush cleared up within a few days. Also, I recommend finding a new doctor, or at least informing this one that he gave you horrible advice. Good luck Momma, and if you need anything else, feel free to PM me!

    Answer by ArmyMom2oneboy at 9:02 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • Ugh, I agree the Dr. gave you really bad advice. Check out these links for some info. on thrush, milk supply, and relactating.

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 9:36 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • My youngest daughter got thrush and gave it to me when she was 3 months old. I never went to the doctor and never took her to the doctor. I knew it was thrush so I used gentian violet. It cleared it up fast and I never stopped bf'ing her. Beware though, the gential violet will turn everything purple. lol

    Answer by _Momof3_ at 9:55 PM on Nov. 26, 2009

  • You can also treat yourself for the thrush with monistat cream on your nipples. But again, you need to wipe that off before latching baby on. Try putting it on after feeding him so it's on the for the longest possible time.

    You might also try probiotic capsules.

    Answer by Pieta0227 at 1:47 AM on Nov. 27, 2009